BVI: Session 3 - Changes
Posted: Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Location: West End, Tortola
Today was a lot of fun. We got up at 5:30am to start cleaning. We had a yummy breakfast of cereal. Then we went to Charming Elise for a skipper’s meeting about the race. I pulled a number 1 for the starting position. All the boats lined up and started the race. We had a bad start so we were behind the whole time. Gemini came in first and we came in last. The race was really fun though. Then we headed to West End while cleaning the inside of the boat. Tonight we are going to have a BBQ. That should definitely be fun.
Posted: Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Day 14- The Wreck of the Rhone
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was the last dive of the summer. The open water divers and advanced divers dove down to 50ft to explore the wreck of the Rhone that sunk in the 1800s. Some divers swam under the boat and viewed inside of it. It was quite amazing. The advanced divers did their last dive as the night dive. We made the best of our last dive. After diving we went back to Peter Island and took the sailing exam. We listened to music, played games and spent quality time together as the new family that we are.
Posted: Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Day 13- Victorious
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was a successful one aboard Changes. We started the day early, anchored near Sandy Spit. After eating a bowl or two of oatmeal we proceeded to finish our sailing practical assessments. Once this was complete we did a few man overboard drills where we tacked around to rescue our deckie bucket and fender. After this we set sail for West End, where we had shore time. Many of us enjoyed lunch and got to go shopping for food our souvenirs. Before leaving West End the skippers of each boat convened to discuss the race to Peter Island, which I attended. When the crew of Changes found out about the race, the excitement was off the charts. We left the dock in haste so we would get to a punctual start. We talked back and forth away from West End. Changes held the lead for almost the whole race. We were lucky enough to catch a strong breeze about an hour into the race, which allowed us to gain our winning lead. As we approached the finish line we looked back at our rivals Sambamba as they tacked for their final approach. It was too late. Changes had already crossed the yellow buoys that marked the finish of our 2 hour and 37 minute voyage. We are all ecstatic about our victory but are also excited for Mexican food tonight!
Posted: Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Day 12- Sandy Spits Are Good For Cooking
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Another day at ActionQuest didn’t disappoint! We woke up this morning after a bang out dance party the night before. After a breakfast of eggs and cinnamon toast, we set off promptly for Sandy Spit. On the way there we started the first half of the testing to get our sailing certifications. I started with a knot test and a naming quiz. After that the first six people in our boat had to sail the boat by themselves. It was so fun. After that we arrived at Sandy Spit. The place was paradise! After we all tuckered out at the beach we headed back to the boat to prepare to go to the beach BBQ. And that’s where we are now. Get ready for more fun tales tomorrow.
Posted: Sun, Aug 10, 2014
Another Day of Diving and Fun!
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today was another great day! We started off the day with some cereal and milk. After that we split up into groups. Some of us went turtle tagging while others went Pico sailing. Then we went to tie knots and make Turk’s Heads. Then we came back to our ship to a wonderful lunch of mac and cheese with Ian from Manic. Then some of us went scuba diving while others learned about coral reef conservation. Then we swapped. Those who went diving learned about coral reefs and vice versa. We saw a stingray and a 7ft reef shark. And when we surfaced we were finally certified as open water divers! After all this hard work we finally got it!! Then we came back to a yummy summertime thanksgiving dinner with Mike. Then we did an activity with cards for a while. Next we had a long and deep Lifeworks Forum. That is how we spent our day. (Editor’s Note: The Quest students went turtle tagging with the Lifeworks program and caught a turtle!)